It is early spring and the yellow mimosa in the fields surrounding Grasse is ready for harvest, the bushes of bright pom-pom flowers bowing in the southern French sun. Thanks to the microclimate along this stretch of the French Riviera – optimum humidity, abundant rain and no shortage of sun – roses, mimosas and violets all thrive. The small hilltop town with a population of 53,000 has been turning these blooms into scent for hundreds of years and today is one of the world’s main assembly points for the raw materials and compounds used in perfume…
Grasse perfumer Didier Gaglewski
Grasse, the ‘cradle of the perfume industry’
‘Cambouis’ for men, inspired by a mechanic’s workshop. Created by Didier Gaglewski
Carole Biancalana (left) and Armelle Janody of Fleurs d’Exceptions du Pays de Grasse
Laboratory at Charabot
Mimosa in full bloom
Fields of mimosas
Dominique Roques, president of Firmenich Grasse
Perfumer Emilie Bouge
Natural ingredients for use in perfumes
Satoe Tanaka, trainee perfumer at Robertet
A ‘perfume organ’ at Parfumerie Fragonard
Fractionating column at Firmenich Grasse
Fabien Durand, technical perfumer & quality control manager (left); Bertrand de Preville, sales director at IFF
Fragonard’s historic Grasse factory
All the right notes: five perfumes made in Grasse
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